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Introduction; Foot and Mouth; Poachers; Countryside marchers; What Farmers Want; Travellers; Vegetables; Allotments; The Liberal Curse etc.

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Professor Roger Scruton was formerly Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London and now works full time as an author and journalist. He is the author of many outstanding books including Elegy for England and On Hunting.


"Written in an avuncular, mellifluous style, given to great detail about the workings of country folk, the intricacies of the land, the plethora of wild and domesticated critters, his memoir conflates, in story, history, philosophy, and theology, the depth and meaning of community and place.... The reader will find Scruton's memoir both charming and interesting. It is a layered and nuanced apologetic, brilliantly rendered, for a class of people who hover on the verge of extinction. And, while he writes of the intimate relationship among the farmer, his land, and stock his theme concerns the philosophical question of how we should live."- Robert C. Cheeks, "The University Bookman, "Volume 44 Number 4

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